Balsamic & Bourbon Filet Mignon

Jennifer H


This can be a really special occasion dinner or just a weeknight dinner since it cooks fairly quickly. Optional mushrooms add depth. You'll start the steak on the stovetop and then finish in the oven while sauteing the mushrooms. My husband said, "This is better than any restaurant steak I've had." Doesn't get any better than that!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Oh my, this is the perfect dinner for a special occasion. The steak is tender, buttery, a little tangy and sweet. But what makes this great is the mushrooms. They are like tiny sponges and soaked up all the flavor of the marinade. This dish is perfection!

Note: We did cut the meat in half horizontally as Jennifer suggested creating two nice sized cuts of meat.


1 oz
balsamic vinegar
1 oz
bourbon (I used Eastside Distilling Burnside bourbon)
1 oz
worcestershire sauce
4 Tbsp
butter, divided in half
filet mignon
crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp
fresh thyme leaves


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1Combine balsamic vinegar, bourbon and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl.

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2Rinse and pat dry filet mignon and place in a shallow dish. Pour half of the marinade over the steaks (you'll use the other half with the mushrooms), turning to coat.

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3Place in the refrigerator for an hour, turning after 30 minutes. (I cut the steaks in half horizontally to reduce cooking time.)

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4Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

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5In a cast iron skillet or other oven-proof pan, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium high heat.

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6Place steaks in the skillet and allow to sear, untouched, 3 minutes. Discard the marinade in the dish the steaks were in.

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7Turn steaks and remove from heat.

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8Place the skillet in the oven for 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak.

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9While the steaks finish, melt remaining 2 tbs butter in a saute pan over medium heat.

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10Add mushrooms and saute until soft, 5 minutes. Pour half of the remaining marinade over the mushrooms, add thyme, reduce heat and continue to saute 6-8 minutes.

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11Taste at this point and add more marinade to the mushrooms, for a stronger flavor, if desired.

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12Plate steaks when done. Spoon mushrooms over the top.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American